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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 1, 2012 2:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: 10/24/69 UPGRADE!

A new 1969 tape has surfaced... Well, not actually new since the tape's been around for many years; but it's the first time the whole tape has been available digitally.

There is a copy of 10/24/69 on the Archive from the same recording, but it's in mono, and incomplete.
The new copy is clearer, and is in STEREO! - a rare thing for a '69 AUD. It also has a unique & thrilling jam moment which most people have never heard before.

The show itself is an average one for the time. The Dead were one of the openers for Jefferson Airplane that night, so played a short one-set show - even so, we only have about half the show, since the taper only captured parts of it. Alas!
We get a clear, boomy Winterland sound. There's some funny banter after China>Rider where the band berate Bear. TC is up in the mix, which is good.
Easy Wind, in its second month, is not quite solid yet; but it has a distinctive jam in which Pigpen, TC & Garcia are all soloing at the same time - VERY cool to hear.

The Other One, unfortunately, is almost all lost - the tape cuts in on the last verse. This isn't one of the nights for a big raging Cryptical, and it doesn't explode - instead they quickly segue into Cosmic Charlie.
But what a segue! For about 2-3 minutes they are playing Cryptical & Cosmic at the same time, and Garcia just goes utterly bananas, repeatedly hammering out the intro - shades of 3/1/69! Has to be heard to be believed - there's even a spot of Hendrix-style feedback. It's rough, but it makes you wonder why they could never do a Cryptical>Cosmic transition like this again - all the others are lame in comparison.

Also notable, I think this is the first Cryptical>Cosmic segue we have since the Dead's first Cosmic Charlie back in January (which was very different). Of course we're missing lots of shows from this period - but it would become a much more common segue in 1970. (Also note that in late '69 they don't play that twin-guitar melody riff to lead off the song; they didn't start doing that til 1970.)

This tape is not on the Archive yet, but should be up within a few days.

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Poster: cosmicharIie Date: Oct 1, 2012 8:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 10/24/69 UPGRADE!

thanks! I'm seeding my life away :)

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Poster: rdenirojb87 Date: Oct 1, 2012 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 10/24/69 UPGRADE!

Just listened to that Cryptical>Cosmic. Totally amazing. Pretty nice sound here too for a '69 aud. The High Time was also a nice treat.

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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Oct 1, 2012 8:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 10/24/69 UPGRADE!

Sweet! Grabbing this at LL right now.

Cryptical> Cosmic should have been easy to pull off -- not unlike the rarely-played Cryptical> Deal. Neither one required the band to change tempo or even key.

Edit: Wow, that was fast! Well-seeded at LL to say the least.

This post was modified by snow_and_rain on 2012-10-01 15:09:51

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 1, 2012 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 10/24/69 UPGRADE!

You'd think Cryptical>Cosmic should have been one of those 'where does one song end & the other begin' pairings, since they could so easily be merged as here, but the Dead chose never to do it like that, instead tending to start Cosmic Charlie from a dead stop. They could've been more inventive about that, I think. (They slow down for it, too - they wanted Charlie to go at a lope, not a gallop. Even here they put some hard brakes on the tempo.)
But I do welcome the addition of the extra melody riff to start the song in 1970. The intros in '69, without it, always sound too rushed as they start singing right away.

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Poster: clementinescaboose Date: Oct 1, 2012 4:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: 10/24/69 UPGRADE!

Excellent news!!!